About Us

Our Missions

  • First and foremost, we are a parent advocacy group. We assist parents by providing the help they deserve and ensuring that their rights are protected.
  • Through the dedication of our photo partners, we produce and distribute images of missing children worldwide.
  • We gather and share information, serve as a clearinghouse for information and the laws about missing and abducted children, and are developing the largest web-based informational database on this subject.

Only when all the missing children have been returned can we tie the sneakers in our logo

Board of Directors

David C. Thelen, CEO

Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.findthekids.org

Christiane Hirts, Director- European Office

President of the Board
Email: [email protected]

Karen Thelen, Secretary of the Board

Secretary of the Corporation
Email: [email protected]

Linda Shay Gardner, Esq.

Email: [email protected]

Regina Weisker

Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]

Thomas Fietze

Email: [email protected]

Barbara Kurth

Email: [email protected]

Andrea Miller-Liebert

Email: [email protected]

Bill Waterman

Email: [email protected]

Donna Wagoner

Email: [email protected]

Claire Lops, LL.M

Email: [email protected]

Carmen Lops

Email: [email protected]

History

1 Nssea

NSSEA Meetings

The Committee for Missing Children was formed as a “committee” of interested people within the school supply industry. (NSSEA) The Committee was made up of twenty advisors who would meet to suggest ways to implement photo distribution within the school supply industry. The first formal meeting of the Committee for Missing Children was held in Nashville, TN at the Fall NSSEA trade show. The Committee has continued to attend NSSEA meetings and has had displays there from 1992-2001.

Convoy For Kali 1995

Convoy for Kali 1995

The Committee for Missing Children started to sign up partners in 1992, including the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). We have 32 photo partners as of today. The Press of Ohio produced our first large posters which were donated to the National Center. To date we have produced 37 large 18 x 28 inch posters which have been sent all over the world. We have printed these large posters for seven different non-profits through out the US as well as France, Switzerland and Belgium.

Event

CMC Parent Advocacy Meeting 1995

In May, 1995 the Committee for Missing Children traveled to Rochester, New York to take part in the “Convoy for Kali” to support Judy Gifford’s efforts to find her child. The trip had scheduled media stops in several major cities along the way. Our arrival in Washington was to coincide with Missing Children’s Day. We all were invited to attend the events sponsored by the Justice Department and the Attorney General. Photos

First Parent Meeting

P.A.R.E.N.T. Meeting 1997

In November, 1995 the Committee for Missing Children held the first Parent Advocacy Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

P.A.R.E.N.T. (Parents Advocating for Recovery through Education by Networking Together) was started by Maureen Dabbagh after her daughter Nadia was abducted to Syria by her former husband, and held its first meeting in 1997 Washington, DC. We have attended all four meetings (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000).

Second Meeting

CMC Parent Advocacy Meeting 1999

In August of 1998, The Committee for Missing Children hired Ms. Lops to set up a European office for the Committee.

In 1999, the Committee for Missing Children was invited to attend a meeting of the European NGO’s. The meeting was sponsored by REUNITE, a child advocacy organization, based in London. We were the only non-profit invited from America.

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CMC European Parent Advocacy Meeting 2000

In 2001, the Committee for Missing Children’s website went online at www.findthekids.org. Work continues on our web site, which continues to be the largest educational/reference site on missing and abducted children world wide.

The CMC Board held their Spring 2004 Board of Directors meeting at our office in Langenselbold, Germany.

Board Of Directors

CMC Board Meeting 2004

2012, The Committee for Missing Children/Europe moved to larger quarters. With the case load almost tripling in the last ten years it became necessary to acquire additional space. We continue to have parents of abducted children stay with us while litigating the return of their children.

Eu Office

New European Office Opens 2012

On May 19, 2013, The Committee for Missing Children/US and The Committee for Missing Children/Europe in conjunction with Andrea Miller-Liebert with lieberty-design. and J├╝rgen Nitschke will have a day-long fund raising event in Untergruppenbach, Germany. The event was the idea of Andrea and will be held out side Jurgen’s store and will be similar to a mini Oktoberfest. We will have music and events for the children.

Success Stories: 1991 to Today

When we look at the history of our organization, we would be remiss if we didn’t include the children we were able to bring home; after all, that is the reason our charity exists. Starting in 1991, the Committee for Missing Children has been instrumental in reuniting many children with their left-behind parents. When it comes to recovering and returning missing and abducted children, 2003-2012 were the most productive years in our history. We would like to share with you some of our successes.


Photo Partners Who Have Worked With Us Over the Years.

  • American Guidance Service
  • Beckley-Cardy
  • Catalog Publishing Group
  • Chime Time
  • Craftmasters
  • Creative Catalog Concepts
  • Educational Dealer
  • Educational Insights
  • The Finney Company
  • Frank Schaffer Publications
  • FuturComp
  • Ghent Manufacturing
  • Hayes School Publishing
  • The Hubbard Company
  • Joy Carpet
  • Kentucky School Supply
  • Kimbo Educational
  • Latta’s/Morgan’s/Moyer’s
  • Lauri, Inc.
  • Learning Resources
  • Learning World/Moyer’s
  • Lillipops/Good Apple
  • Riverside Paper Company
  • Shining Star/Good Apple
  • Southern School Supply
  • St. Paul Book and Stationery
  • Standard Printing
  • Stumps
  • T.L. Clark Educational Products Group
  • T.S. Dension
  • Teaching & Learning Company (TLC)
  • Teaching/K-8 Magazine
  • The Press of Ohio
  • Thoroughbred Catalog & Wholesale
  • Valley School Supply

501 (c) (3)

The Committee for Missing Children, Inc. is a not for profit charity. Our Employer Identification Number is 58-2215576. Our DLN Number with the IRS is 17053324729049. Click here for a copy of our IRS Determination Letter. We are also incorporated in the State of Georgia. Our Control Number is 9524528. Click here for a copy of our Incorporation papers.


Telemarketing

100% of all donations made directly to The Committee For Missing Children, Inc. goes into the programs.

We feel that we have some of the best fundraisers working for us, however there are times that things may not always go as we would like. If for any reason you feel that you were not treated properly or you have additional questions for us or our telemarketers, please contact me directly at 678-376-6265 or by E-mail at [email protected]. You may also write to me at The Committee for Missing Children, Inc. 934 Stone Mill Run, Lawrenceville, GA 30046
David C. Thelen, CEO

The following is a list of our State registration numbers.

Alaska
Alabama
Arkansas
Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Pinellas County, FL
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky
Jefferson County, KY
Lousiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Lincoln, NE
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Columbus, OH
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Utah
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin

N/A
AL98-167
N/A
20236
L 0474
Corp# 2119232 CT# 110332
20023003733
8233-05946
0107030
SC-08846
01-000932
I01-033,707
1006210070007
261-548-2
1911
1884
N/A
CO-2574
8111
037600
MICS 21707
58-2215576
C-1209
N/A
11121
CH1218200
N/A
67799
SL001734
2883
98-0582
200166
WC-00605149
26141
0016380
N/A
6631
3299
C1764
N/A
6983
N/A
6384

Donor Privacy Policy

The Committee for Missing Children maintains its own internal donor list. The Committee for Missing children will not sell, trade or share a donor’s personal information with anyone else, nor will we send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations. We will share a donor’s personal information only if the donor has given The Committee for Missing Children specific permission to do so.


Dawn Willson & daughter

Make a Donation Today

If you are interested in making a donation to help us reunite abducted children with their family, please call us at 678-376-6265, email us at [email protected], or you may mail a check to The Committee for Missing Children, Inc. 934 Stone Mill Run, Lawrenceville, GA 30046.

All donations to the Committee for Missing Children are tax deductible, and 100% of those donations go directly towards our program, ensuring that we can work to help families in need..